June 22, 2021
Economy

Biden’s foreign policy: Reverse the Trump agenda but hit one similar note

Think of it as a more global-minded, multilateralist take on America First. It’s not a completely new concept for Biden. But it’s made all the more critical as he continues to push for trillions of dollars in spending and tries to maintain his grip on the portion of working-class voters who helped him win in 2020. His early tenure has been defined not by wars and foreign entanglements but the coronavirus pandemic and economic downturn that spawned from it, forcing him to put his first love — foreign policy — on the backburner.

“He not only enjoys it but he understands it. He’s studied it. And it’s something that is very much part of who he is, because he’s always seen foreign policy not as separate from domestic policy or the interest of the United States,” said Chuck Hagel, a friend who served alongside Biden in the Senate and the Obama administration as secretary of…

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